Alexis Harte, David Colon rocked, Addison is ready for Halloween

Red Devil Lounge open mic 09/25/2012

Hello music community, and welcome to another edition of the Red Devil Open Mic blog by Alan Monasch

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As always, there were notables in the house, including Brendan Getzell, Jasmine
Pritchard, Susan Heffelfinger, Michael Vincent, Donovan Plant and Saam Nomad’s
friend Bebe (giving another meaning to the term “four on the floor.”) New to the RD
stage tonight were Ghosts N Shells, a rap duo originally from Chicago and Vermont,
Rachel Thom, Saam Nomad, Nick Von Liphart, Elliott Naschmeyer and Dr. Dreame.

A point of information: Kara Goslin, who had first pick of time slots in which to
play this week, chose 8:50 PM, just before the featured set. And I want to apologize
to the performers I could not stay to see: Johnny Lawrie, Elliott Naschmeyer, Pam
Bennett, Bill Fried, The Garden Band, Newself and Sean Tabor. I hope to catch them
all next time they play.

Kara Goslin (above)

Dr. Dreame (above)

Before the break: Salem started the night with an acoustic version of his
usually-electrified metal tune “Rose of the Night,” which put the focus on the
lyrics, which shone. Mick Shaffer touchingly presented Todd Snider’s “New York
Banker” in tribute to a friend in the hospital. Collective W hit hard once again,
with Ian Vianu skillfully playing the backing tracks perfectly, so musical as a DJ,
doing so much to build the structure and energy of Rachel W’s remarkable songs,
which she sings so soulfully and adeptly. Addison Nimrod again induced metalepsy
(now new and improved with face mask!) and delighted the pushed-forward,
appreciative crowd.

Salem (above)

Mick Shaffer (above)

Collective W. (above)

Addison Nimrod (above)

It was clearly folk music night at the Red Devil, with a block of performers around,
and including the first song by, the featured performer. Toy Yamaji did two songs so
heartfelt that I tracked her down afterward to get the lyrics to the choruses. Nick
Von Liphart, singing while accompanying himself on cross-harp harmonica(!), gave us
some delta honk-and-shout blues that immediately made me want to point him and Ben
Brown at each other (and it turns out they’ve played together before.) Greg Lamboy
did new songs and was the very definition of the confident and polished
singer/songwriter, with a strong, clear voice and expert guitar work (what lines!:
“Saying goodbye is not the same as letting go” and “My road leads back to you.”)
Tommy Phan again impressed with new song “Roots” and the spirited and deep travel
song “One and One” (“I’m far too gone”) and Kara Goslin took us into the feature
break with the striking “Creative Fears” and “Devil Makes Three,” which she played
at her first appearance at the Red Devil open mic; Tuesday night was the one-year
anniversary of that performance.

Toy Yamaji (above)

Greg Lamboy (above)

Alexis Harte: Featured performer Alexis Harte announced his strong songwriting and
performing skill with his solo first tune, “Temporary Tattoo And A Candy Cigarette,”
which captured and quieted the crowd. Then he brought up his band, the Lemon Hammer,
and brought up the energy level and the heat as well. The band is the very solid
Aaron Brinkerhoff rocking the standup cocktail drum kit, bassist Fergus Lenehan
(showing some nice bass harmonics), and the very-very-engaging Damond Moodie sharing
lead vocal duties with Harte. Alexis played excellent electric lead throughout, on
songs that profited mightily by the ensemble treatment. Some funk and some modern
singer/songwriter/alternative made the feature very attractive to the crowd, who
showed their obvious appreciation (I saw David Colón dancing!) during the set and at
its end.

Alexis Harte and Lemon Hammer (above)

After the break: Last paragraph’s dancer, David Colón, proved more than up to the
task of following the feature with a strong pair of songs in his rhythmic and
jazz-inflected style, with his lovely voice, to great approval from the audience for
his cover of Black Street’s “No Diggity” and for his original, “On the Phone.”
Junkyard Academy showed that strong songwriting (“Standing in the Rain” and “Don’t
Say Anything”) underlies their showmanship and playing skill, with a Buddy Holly
vibe emanating from the pounding cajon. Julie Mayhew reprised her “I’m There” and
“With You” and got them across with passion and growing skill. The last performer I
heard, Courtney Nichole, scored with her reinvigorating reworking of Oasis’
“Wonderwall” and her original, “Don’t Look Back.”

David Colon (above)

Courtney Nicole (above)

I didn’t look back on my way to the bus to the train, but I was conscious of the
fact that I was missing a portion of a notably good music night and leaving a really
good time with my incredible friends, secure in the knowledge that more than one
hundred people had been present to hear San Francisco’s best and to enjoy the weekly
celebration that is the Red Devil Open Mic!


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1 Comment

  1. You do such a wonderful job, Alan. I always look forward to reading these posts. Thank you for mentioning me in this. A great moment for me to say the least. See you next time!

    ~David Colón


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